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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Episcopal bishops continue to defy the worldwide Anglican Communion

If nothing else the current crisis in the Anglican Church has showed us that some Christians, mostly concentrated off our shores, are still ready to uphold the historic faith. They are doing so reasonably and graciously, to be sure, but uphold it they will, in the face of all the weasel words and agitprop the American Left can muster. From the BBC:

The head of Kenya's Anglican Church has rejected a compromise over gay bishops by US Episcopal Church leaders.

They have said they will halt the ordination of gay bishops and public blessings of same-sex relationships to prevent a split in the Anglican Church.

"That word 'halt' is not enough," said Archbishop Benjamin Nzimbi....

Last month, Archbishop Nzimbi presided over the consecration of two US bishops, Bill Murdoch and Bill Atwood, who left the US branch of the Anglican Church - the Episcopal Church - after it consecrated an openly gay bishop, Gene Robinson, in 2003.

The Kenyan archbishop said the US church leaders' comments did not go far enough.

"What we expected to come from them is to repent - that this is a sin in the eyes of the Lord and repentance is what me, in particular, and others expected to hear coming from this church," he said.

My goodness, he used the R word - repent! How backwards. Archbishop Akinola of Nigeria explains it for us (thanks to TitusOneNine):

Instead of the change of heart (repentance) that we sought what we have been offered is merely a temporary adjustment in an unrelenting determination to “bring the rest of the Communion along” as stated by a bishop at one of the press conferences. We also note that while we have repeatedly asked for a moratorium on same-sex blessings –across the Episcopal Church the clergy have continued with these blessings with the full knowledge and support of the Diocesan bishops even if not technically authorized.

So I ask: without this repentance, in what sense can the Episcopal Church be called a Christian body?

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